from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A sudden loss of muscle tone and strength, usually caused by an extreme emotional stimulus.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A sudden nervous shock which immobilizes or paralyzes the subject.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Med.) A morbid condition caused by an overwhelming shock or extreme fear and marked by rigidity of the muscles.
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- noun medicine An abrupt loss of
muscle tone, sometimes associated with narcolepsy.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The 67-year-old has a sleep disorder called cataplexy, which is a symptom of narcolepsy.
Narcoleptics like Cloud also suffer from a bizarre condition called cataplexy, in which they can collapse in a heap on the ground, conscious but essentially paralyzed.
Carol Bell, 67, has a condition called cataplexy --it's a sleep disorder that causes temporary paralysis, and it's brought on by a particular emotion or feeling.
Individuals with the sleep disorder narcolepsy suffer with excessive daytime sleepiness and attacks of muscle paralysis triggered by strong emotions (a condition known as cataplexy).
The anticipation of the sugary cereal triggers one of the most striking symptoms of the disease: a temporary loss of muscle control called cataplexy, causing mice to drop in their tracks.
However, doctors can prescribe medications that can be effective in controlling excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, and sleep disruption.
Attacks of cataplexy are sudden, brief losses of muscle control.
The four most common symptoms are excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy, sleep paralysis, and hypnagogic hallucinations.
The experiences of cataplexy and dreaming during wakefulness may be wrongly seen as a psychiatric problem.
Unlike cataplexy, touching the person usually causes the paralysis to disappear.